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Beat the Boredom this Festive Season

Adapting to Changes at Christmas Time

Are your children taking over Christmas dinners and lunches? Has all the planning for a family-filled festive season meant that you’ve taken a backseat during this time? Maybe, cooking the classic turkey, baking the famous Christmas pudding, or getting the tree up was your job once upon a time? Keep in mind, that you’re allowed to reduce your go-to festive time responsibilities as you age. 

Whether you’re a parent or not, the younger generations are bound to take over these tasks at some point. You’ll be left with a bit more time leading up to the festivities. Despite this, there’s no need to be left out of the holiday fun. Beat the boredom this festive season with our tips on how to do your part and get involved in the end-of-year cheer.

Managing Physical Limitations at Christmas Time

If you’re bound to a wheelchair, or unable to do strenuous activities, fear not. There are a number of things you can do from the comfort of your/ your children’s home to feel involved. Consider adding your touch to the decorations. Maybe it’s making a Christmas wreath or hanging stockings for the mantelpiece. Possibly, you’re helping the little ones decorate the tree, or gift wrapping presents and writing greetings cards? There are a bunch of fun ways to involve yourself in getting the festive decor up, and the holiday mood in the air without putting too much strain on yourself. This isn’t just a fun way to get more involved, but also the perfect bonding opportunity with you and the grandchildren.

Getting involved doesn’t always have to mean doing a bit of work though. Getting involved means spending some quality time, and having some fun with family and friends. Baking might be a favourite pastime. In that case, whip out your favourite biscuit recipe and get your keen family members into the kitchen. You’ll get the house smelling just like Christmas should. If you aren’t able to get actively involved, then reading out the recipe and just being in the room and in the moment creating those memories is all you need. But, baking isn’t for everyone. So, bringing out a deck of cards or a puzzle whilst listening to some Christmas tunes can be just as fun.

Enjoying the Outdoors During the Festive Season

If you’re a bit more active and getting out of the house or aged care facility isn’t too much of a problem, then gather family or friends for some outdoor activities. We’re lucky enough to live in a country where the end-of-year holiday period falls at Summer time. It’s a time that we can make the most of. Why not rustle up the grandchildren for a walk on the beach? Or, suggest some one-on-one time having lunch with your children. Alternatively, get them involved in a volunteering project to help out those in need. These activities not only help get you out of the house, but also increase your social activities if you seem to spend days where you don’t speak to anyone at all.

If you don’t live within close distance of your family, explore past hobbies or interests that you could take up again. Chances are there are social clubs or communities that facilitate these activities for seniors. Especially at this time of the year. Don’t take up anything too strenuous though. the festive time equals relaxation after all. For those avid readers, a book club is a perfect way to meet up with like-minded individuals. You’ll be able to chat and discuss the book of the month. For the sewers or knitters out there, finding a charity or organisation is the perfect way to put your skills to good use. Whatever your interests, speak to your community to help you find a circle you’re bound to fit into.

Beat the Boredom

Despite being a member of the older generation, the festive period doesn’t have to mean you take the backseat. From adding your touch to the decor to getting the family involved in fun and relaxing activities that create lifelong memories, boredom need not be a word in your vocabulary during this time of the year.

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